Race Equality

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Under this Act it is unlawful for a person to discriminate on racial grounds against another person. The law defines racial grounds as including race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins.

Hounslow Homes has a legal duty to tackle race discrimination and promote race equality. Race discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably because of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.

Race discrimination covers four areas:

  • Direct Discrimination – treating someone less favourably because of their actual or perceived race, or because of the race of someone with whom they associate
  • Indirect Discrimination – can occur where there is a policy, practice or procedure which applies to all workers, but particularly disadvantages people of a particular race. An example could be a requirement for all job applicants to have GCSE Maths & English: people educated in countries which don’t have GCSE’s would be discriminated against if equivalent qualifications were not accepted. Indirect discrimination can only be justified if its is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim
  • Harassment – when unwanted conduct related to race has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.
  • Victimisation – unfair treatment of an employee who has made or supported a complaint about racial discrimination.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Neghet Khan by emailing to neghet.khan@hounslowhomes.org.uk or by calling 020 8583 4011